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Old 01-28-2016, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by ozmikal View Post
JWe have had a huge investigation into the employment practices of some national companies last year, and there are many stories of international students working for $10/hour - in cash, so you don't pay tax and can even work far more than the allowed 20 hours a week.
From what I have seen personally, many of these are foreign owned businesses taking advantage of their own nationalities.

However it is quite common although many employers do get prosecuted.

Employers who breach Australian employment laws are regularly prosecuted.

A few google examples:
  • The court has highlighted that the hospitality industry was the source of the highest number of complaints to the Ombudsman in the last four years. Many of these workers are young, visa-holders, who are employed for low-skilled jobs.
  • $1.3m back-pay for almost 900 staff at Super A-Mart retail stores
  • The former operators of a Bendigo restaurant who repeatedly short-changed their employees have been fined a total of $142,000 following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
  • A Melbourne business operator has been fined more than $228,000 after admitting she underpaid a vulnerable migrant employee because she thinks Australia's minimum pay rates are "just crazy".

If you are underpaid, report the company... (maybe after you leave, if you really need the job at the time). You may get the backpay sorted out.

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